CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONAL REALITY THROUGH THE EYES OF CHAOS THEORY: A LITERATURE REVIEW
Chaos theory, Dynamic systems, Scientific paradigms, Contemporary organizations, Chaos management
Business Administration, Management, and Operations
Since the beginning of scientific management, organizations have been managed by linear structures and rigid scientific understandings, where and for decades scientific models have been dominating the way organizations are built and the way organizational reality is foreseen. Primarily, these traditional managerial perspectives have been challenged by the Chaos theory, which came to detect the linearity ruling each and every aspect of organizations' course of work. Indeed, this theory was not sufficiently conceptualized in organizations’ philosophies and practices; however, within the rapid pace of the continuous changes and instabilities around, the attention to it has been on the rise. Amid the critical importance of linear methodologies and the revolutionary development of Chaos theory, this paper aims to study chaos and the essence of Chaos theory among historical and contemporary perspectives, its contributions to organizations among a bundle of opportunities and constraints, and the extent to which this theory reflects the contemporary organizational reality. Additionally, within the realization of the complex-dynamic features of organizational structures, chaos and order concepts are analyzed along with the convergence and divergence of managerial processes which are debated to be initially embedded in organizations. Furthermore, new managerial perspectives are discussed, giving rise to the challenging necessity in having to persistently manage chaos with flexibility and innovation.
Zein Eddine, Inas Rafik
"CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONAL REALITY THROUGH THE EYES OF CHAOS THEORY: A LITERATURE REVIEW,"
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